GREAT COATES PRIMARY SCHOOL
BRITISH VALUES STATEMENT
Fundamental British Values
Great Coates Primary School promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. We are committed to serving our community and surrounding areas. We recognise the multicultural, multi-faith nature of the United Kingdom and understand the crucial role our school plays in promoting these values. We encourage admissions from all those entitled to education under British law regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status. We are an inclusive school for all. This statement outlines the key British values we actively promote as defined in the Government 2011 Prevent Strategy and reiterated in 2014, reinforced regularly and in the following ways:
Democracy is richly embedded in our school. Pupils have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our school council, pupil questionnaires classroom/whole school discussions, debates and speaking and listening activities. Our Behaviour Policy includes rewards and sanctions and high expectations for behaviour in all aspects of pupils’ lives both in school and in the community. This Policy is shared with parents and carers and all our pupils.
Children are involved in Democratic processes through for example:
- voting for school councillors and class heroes, rewards and Subject Representatives
- the School Council itself is led by a members of staff and adheres to democratic processes
- reporting its actions through the termly newsletter to parents/carers.
We have links with the local PCSOs and Mayor of Grimsby, who come into school to educate the children about upholding British law.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws, whether they are those that govern the class, the school or the country, is consistently reinforced at Great Coates Primary School. Pupils are taught the rules of our school on entry and the high expectations dictated by these rules. Pupils at our school are taught the reasons behind rules and laws; that they govern and protect us; the responsibilities that this involves; and the consequences when rules and laws are broken. The school’s own Mission Statement, Golden Rules and individual Class Rules and Expectations (Non-Negotiables) are constantly referred to in assemblies and by all staff, displayed throughout the school and act as a permanent reminder to pupils. The school has very strongly established that we all, adults and pupils alike, are responsible for our own actions, and that we make choices. The school’s Behaviour and Discipline policy has at the heart of it, the importance of teaching and guiding us all to make the right choices. Visits from outside agencies such as the Police and Fire Service underpin and reinforce this message. Our local Police Support Officers attend school regularly to get to know the pupils and support the school’s work with the community.
The school has links with the:
- local police
- Local Authority
- Police, Fire and Drugs services
We constantly monitor and regularly review behaviour incidents in school and share these with key stakeholders.
Within our school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school, we educate and provide boundaries for all pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and an empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely though E-Safety and PSHE lessons for example. Pupils are given the freedom to, and actively encouraged to make a wide range of choices from attending extra curricular clubs to supporting fund raising activities. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely.
Pupils have key roles and responsibilities in school, such as:
- Our school ambassadors (known as the school council) wear blue jumpers to signify their role of responsibility
- Friday Tuck Shop – where preparation is supported by KS2 pupils
- Monday Tuck Shop – Lead by School Council
The aims, ethos and vision statement are embodied in all that we do in school.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
Great Coates Primary School is situated in an area, which is not greatly culturally diverse, and as a result we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with our children. RE teaching (Our R.E curriculum provides a broad and balanced education on a range of faiths, religions and cultures), PSHE and assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school as a whole. Pupils also have the opportunity to visit the local church and places of worship that are important to different faiths.
We have a small number of E.A.L children and actively use school resources to promote their learning and integration into our school society. We teach specific PSHE units of learning delivered based on SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) materials, Health for Life resources and Dorothy.com resources.
Please contact the school if you feel any member of staff or pupil has intentionally or unintentionally undermined these values.